ruptermurdoch Google and Rupert Murdoch battle over SOPA

Google and Rupert Murdoch are at each others throats in a public spat over the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

Google and Rupert Murdoch are at each others throats in a public spat over the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).

 
News Corp. chairman Murdoch threw the first punch when he posted a tweet accusing Google of being the main company behind online piracy.
 
“Piracy leader is Google who streams movies free, sells [adverts] around them. No wonder [it is] pouring millions into lobbying,” the 80-year-old media tycoon said.
 
Murdoch said that Google is a great company doing many exciting things, but accused it of blocking many undesirable websites except those that infringe copyright. In a not very scientific production of 'evidence', he said he did a Google search for Mission Impossible and found several websites offering free links. “I rest my case,” he added.
 
ruptermurdoch Google and Rupert Murdoch battle over SOPA
 
Google, which is one of the main opponents to SOPA, responded to Murdoch's accusations, labelling them as “nonsense”. It said that it respects copyright and works hard to deal with online piracy, including removing five million infringing websites from its search results last year alone. It said it also invested over $60 million to target “bad ads”.
 
Murdoch also took a stab at US President Barack Obama, accusing him of siding with “Silicon Valley paymasters” after it emerged that the White House was opposed to some aspects of SOPA.
 
Murdoch's own company has not been without its own controversies, however. The past year has seen both him and his son face questioning over a slew of hacking allegations facing a number of their newspapers, one of which, the News of the World, was forced to close after 168 years in business. At least they don't pirate though, right?
 
Source: BBC